Everyday problems cause some people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth.
Daily commuting, work problems, or an overpacked schedule are some persistent culprits.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can trigger or exacerbate a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint.
Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints permit strength and fluid motion as you chew, speak, and yawn.
Damage to these critical joints can lead to severe pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A valid diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.
At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 1984, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I am Steven Gustafson and I am enthusiastic about providing high-quality dentistry to the residents of Royal Oak and the greater Detroit area.
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